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Fashion Show Benefits Troubled Teens

A palette of autumn fashions from stores throughout the Pittsburgh area will be showcased Friday night at a South Side fashion show to raise money for troubled teens and their families.

The Fourth Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story, which benefits the Kennedy-based Partners For Quality Foundation, features "anything goes" fall fashions galore, with many types of pants, tops, skirts and popular boots and bootie-style shoes, says Tricia Deems, the independent fashion coordinator who is organizing the show's fashions, along with assistant Charlene Kurcina.

About the show

About 14 female and four male models will wear the fashions -- which include metallic shades, and a lot of gray and purple -- on the catwalk at J. Verno Studio.

"There's such a selection that you really can't go wrong," Deems says. "There's something for everyone in the fashion show, as well as in the stores."

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Sonnia Abatta of KDKA-TV will co-emcee. The event will feature fashions from more than a dozen boutiques in the area, including Catherina in Oakmont, Footloose of Shadyside, Sugar Boutique in Lawrenceville and Chick Clothing Boutique of Downtown.

Partners for Quality Foundation

Partners for Quality Foundation Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that provides individualized services and supports to children and adolescents who have emotional and behavioral challenges. The foundation provides services through its subsidiaries: Allegheny Children's Initiative, Citizen Care and Exceptional Adventures.

Since Pittsburgh Fashion Story's inaugural year, the event has raised about $80,000 for the foundation, says its director, Mary Mitchell. The funding goes to the organization's emergency fund, which helps families in a financial crisis with things like prescriptions and school supplies.

"We are so excited about the fashion show," Mitchell says. "It's just a thoroughly enjoyable event."

A Pittsburgh theme will show throughout the event, especially during the mysterious finale, which is "absolutely, 100 percent Pittsburgh," Mitchell says.


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